Lacrosse: Boys have all the momentum, girls get fresh start in playoffs
The Rosemount boys' and girls' lacrosse teams are on very different paths as they enter section playoffs this week. The boys (who are currently ranked No. 9) are coming off a signature win over No. 4 Prior Lake and are winners of six of their last seven. Meanwhile, the girls have had an up and down season and have lost three of their last four after winning two in a row. Both teams play their first section playoff games on Friday, June 1.
Boys are rolling
Head coach Lance Kuehn said that the Irish played the best game he's seen a Rosemount squad play in a long time in the win against Prior Lake. He said that his team performed excellently in every aspect of the game, even despite its low-scoring nature. The Irish beat the Lakers 6-3 when Prior Lake has averaged more than 10 goals a game this season, a major factor of which was the effort of Irish goalie, sophomore Landon Merigold.
"Our goaltender played out of his mind," Kuehn said. Merigold saved eight of 11 shots on net.
The win counted towards the rankings, conference and section standings. It helped secure Rosemount the No. 1 seed in section 6 and dropped Prior Lake to the No. 2 seed. In the South Suburban, Kuehn said the win allowed them to vault from fourth to second in the conference to finish behind behind Eagan and tied with Lakeville North.
Looking ahead to sections, the Irish go in playing their best and will face the winner of No. 8 Burnsville and No. 9 Bloomington Jefferson on Friday, June 1, at 5 p.m. Should they win, they would play the winner of No. 4 Academy of Holy Angels and No. 5 Eastview. Kuehn said he expects to meet Prior Lake again later in the playoffs, but to also watch out for Eastview, who he said has improved since the beginning of the season and recently beat Eagan, who is ranked No. 3 in the state and won the SSC.
Girls get No. 4 seed
It has been an up-and-down season for the Irish girls, who finished the regular season 6-8 overall and 2-7 in the SSC. After starting the season with a blowout win over Tartan, Rosemount lost three in a row. However, they bounced back for two straight wins before losing to more in a row. In the last two weeks of the season, the Irish won two over Woodbury and East Ridge in non-conference action but finished by losing three of their last four.
They received the No. 4 seed in section 3 and play No. 5 Eagan on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. after the boys' game. Should they win, they would play the winner of No. 1 Cretin-Derham Hall and the winner of the play-in game featuring No.8 Woodbury and No. 9 Hastings.